Phytoplankton color the North Atlantic Ocean •

Last update: December 5th, 2019 at 8:00 am

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features a phytoplankton bloom off the coast of Iceland. 

The bloom is an annual summer event in the North Atlantic Ocean. Phytoplankton are important for carbon cycling and are also a critical part of the ocean’s food chain. 

“The structure of the bloom clearly shows the influence of ocean circulation on the distribution and concentration of phytoplankton,” said Michael Behrenfeld, a phytoplankton ecologist at Oregon State University.

The image was captured on July 7 by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite.


By Chrissy Sexton, Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory


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